Folkestone don't have any wind in their Sales
Eastleigh 2-1 Folkestone Invicta
Dr Martens League Eastern Division
Wednesday 21 April 2004
by Richard Murrill
goals from the Dr Martens League’s leading goalscorer Paul Sales condemned
Folkestone Invicta to defeat as they went down 2-1 away to fourth-placed
Eastliegh on a wet pitch at the Sparshatt Stadium on Wednesday night.
thus join fellow Hampshire club Bashley as the two teams to have completed a
league ‘double’ over Invicta this season following their win by the same
scoreline at the Westbourne Stadium back in September.
was a competitive encounter and not any sort of end-of-season stroll between two
sides who had already been promoted with disappointing home results at the
opened the scoring after 29 minutes when he hit a low shot into the net after 29
minutes when Neil Davis dinked the ball in to striker Jamie Stokoe and it came
back out to Sales.
were level in the 43rd minute when Mark MUNDAY put the ball in after
John Guest’s header had appeared to have already crossed the line before being
cleared away following a Martin Chandler corner form the left.
corner had been won as a result of a fine fingertip save from burly home
goalkeeper Wayne Shaw to keep out a James Dryden shot when the striker had been
put clean through by Anthony Hogg in a move started by captain Scott Lindsey.
Eastleigh restored their lead when SALES headed home substitute Sam Carter’s
cross from the right hand side in the 51st minute.
went into the game with Drew Watkins and John Ayling in the starting line up for
Adam Flanagan (work commitments) and Steve Lawrence, with Micheal Everitt
pushing up into midfield.
had the game’s first real chance after just three minutes when Stokoe was
given on-side and left one-on-one with goalkeeper Tony Kessell, only for Lindsey
to clear off the line.
then shot against the crossbar when put through again after 12 minutes as
Eastleigh broke following Invicta’s first corner of the game at the other end.
after Sales’ opening goal, Invicta goalkeeper Kessell flew across to his right
to push another Sales shot round the post for a corner when Tyronne Bowers broke
down the right hand side and played the ball across to his one-time Salisbury
Invicta were to equalise and the two sides went in level at half time after
Eastleigh’s Ryan Ashford had shot just over from 30 yards right on the stroke
of the interval.
replaced Watkins with teenager John Walker for the second half, but were soon
headed just wide from a Paul Lamb free kick deep on the left hand side after 70
minutes as Invicta chased an equaliser.
Ashford chipped just wide with a clever piece of skill at the other end after 72
minutes when he combined well with Sales down the left.
was end-to-end stuff as a Hogg shot was touched round the post for a corner at
one end after 77 minutes and Eastleigh broke down the other end as substitute
Robbie Matthews shot at Kessell after getting in behind Lamb following
Chandler’s subsequent corner.
Matthews was denied by a great double save from Kessell after 83 minutes and
substitute Walker cleared a third effort from close to the line. That came
moments after Invicta had themselves had an effort cleared from close to the
Lee Blackman played the ball across the Eastleigh goal mouth and just ahead of
striking partner Dryden after 84 minutes when a great ball from Walker sent him
away down the right hand side.
shot into the side netting from outside the penalty area for Eastleigh after 88
minutes as the home side took the points.
Chandler was the only name taken by female referee Janie Frmapton for dissent
after Dryden had been fouled in the 38th minute.
Shaw, Wyeth, Warren, Bright, Collins, Davis, Bowers (Carter 45 mins), Woods,
Sales, Stokoe (Matthews 75 mins), Ashford.
Unused subs: Richardson, Beck.
Kessell, Everitt, Lamb, Watkins (Walker 45 mins), Guest, Lindsey, Chandler,
Munday, Dryden, Ayling (Blackman 65 mins), Hogg.
Unused subs: Dyson, Egan.